Project Management for Poets and Writers, with Michael Mercurio

Any project can be daunting at the start. Some projects are still daunting in the middle, especially when they have a lot of moving parts — or shifting scenes! So how do you make sure that your writing stays on track towards your goal? Figuring out a project management plan can set you up for success and can make even the biggest projects seem less unwieldy and intimidating. This workshop will walk you through the process of setting “SMART” goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound), “chunking out” your project into manageable pieces, setting a realistic timeline, and sustaining all of this work with the development of good habits. We’ll also look at some fantastic project management tools, both analog and digital, that you may choose to use in support of your project. Workshop attendees should be prepared to talk about a project they’re finding difficult to begin or one already in process that they need help organizing and managing.  In-person/Hybrid. 

Saturday, March 23rd, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ($75)

Michael Mercurio, MFA, lives and writes in the Pioneer Valley, where he serves on the steering committee for the Tell It Slant Poetry Festival (formerly Amherst Poetry Festival) and is the associate editor of the Naugatuck River Review. A graduate of the Lesley University low-res MFA program, his poetry has been published in Rust + MothCrab Creek Reviewand The Indianapolis Reviewand is forthcoming in Sugar House Review and Palette PoetryMichael also has had critical reviews published in The Lily Poetry Review.